Phoenix girls fall on the road to Pumas
POYNETTE — Sophomore Lauren Paulsen made three 3-pointers en route to scoring 16 points and freshman Grace Schmidt added 10 but the Luther Prep girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a double-digit first-half deficit as they lost to Poynette 52-49 in a Capitol North Conference game on Thursday.
Poynette (8-6, 3-3 in conference) led by 11 points at halftime before Luther Prep (8-6, 2-4) cut it to a one-possession game in the final minutes.
The Phoenix couldn’t find the open shots they needed late in the game to finish off the comeback.
“They came out fired up to play in the second half,” Luther Prep head coach Mark Schroeder said. “We had the ball and set ourselves up with some opportunities. We just couldn’t get the shots we wanted.”
Luther Prep’s senior floor captain, Ally Goba, was saddled with foul trouble before fouling out with seven points. Not having Goba’s presence on the floor to dictate the offense was evident in the waning minutes.
“Ally Goba picked up some quick ones and ended up fouling out,” Schroeder said. “That hurt having our captain on the bench at the end of the game. She was playing good defense but got her hands in there a little too much.”
Poynette stifled the Phoenix’s offense in the first half and the team endured a lengthy dry spell in the first frame without a basket.
Paulsen scored 14 of her 16 points after halftime and rallied the team with crucial shots from beyond the arc. Goba and junior Naomi Bridgemen also hit from 3-point range in the second half.
Poynette’s Hanna Walters led all scorers with 17 points and Molly Anderson totaled eight points. The Pumas shot 21-for-33 from the free-throw line and took advantage of foul opportunities after slashing to the basket.
Bridgemen notched six points and Abbie Burke and Ana Glisper each contributed four points.
Luther Prep travels to Beloit Turner on Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
LUTHER PREP 49
Luther Prep 15 34 — 49
Poynette 24 28 — 52
Luther Prep (fg-ft-tp) — Goba 2-2-7, Paulsen 6-1-16, Glisper 1-2-4, Bridgemen 2-0-6, Kieselhorst 0-2-2, Burke 2-0-4, Schmidt 2-6-10. Totals 15 13-20 49.
Poynette (fg-ft-tp) — Morter 2-4-8, Cuff 1-2-4, Chadwick 2-3-7, Han. Walters 4-8-17, Shutz 1-2-5, Anderson 3-2-8, Bruchs 1-0-3. Totals 14 21-33 52.
Three-point goals — LP, Paulsen 3, Bridgemen 2, Goba; P,Han. Walters, Shutz, Bruchs.
Total fouls — LP 21, P 19.
Fouled out — LP, Goba.